If you ask the man on the street, “In which foreign country do you think Romney has the highest level of support?”, Kenya is about the last country in the world one would expect to hear. Yet that is what the global survey found. (Measured another way, though, Romney is actually most popular in Pakistan, the only place surveyed in which he would win the election outright. Caveat: 75% or so of Pakistanis would abstain from voting in that two-way race).
Why is Romney so relatively popular in Kenya?
Romney’s NW-European ancestry makes him a non-entity to ethnic consciousness in Kenya, except perhaps for lingering anti-White feeling of the oldest of Kenyans, who remember the 1950s and British rule. So it is (almost certainly) not that they like Romney, but that they dislike Obama.
Why in the world would Kenyans dislike Obama? Obama’s father’s is Kenyan, right?! Something strange is going on, inexplicable without more background information.
The short answer is that Kenya is a multi-ethnic society, and many Kenyans dislike Obama Sr.’s tribe.
It is best to point to what Steve Sailer wrote some years ago:
The reason Obama is just about as dark in skin tone as the average African-American even though he is nearly three times as white genetically is because the Luo are darker than most other Africans. Obama describes the crowd at a Nairobi nightclub (p. 364) as comprised of:
“… tall, ink-black Luos and short, brown Kikuyus, Kamba and Meru and Kalenjin…”
Obama’s Luo tribe are one of the tall, thin, very dark “elongated Nilotic” groups who originated in the Southern Sudan. They are rather like their relatives, the famously tall Dinka and Nuer, only not quite as much. In contrast, most Africans today (and almost all African-Americans) are primarily descended from the “Bantu expansion” that originated in the Nigeria-Cameroon area of West Africa.
Turning to Kenya’s ethnoracial situation:
Language remains the major feature that distinguishes tribal affiliation. For two thirds of all Kenyans, the common language is of Bantu origin. Only three percent of the population are Cushite-speaking Kenyans although they occupy the largest geographic area. The reminder of the population speak Nilotic languages. These three language structures successfully bind together a diverse country of more than 40 different ethnic groups.
Nilotics and Bantus often don’t get along (The tall-and-thin Tutsi of Rwanda are ethnic-Nilotics). In Kenya, it’s the same: “Ever since Kenyan independence in 1963, Kenyan politics have been characterized by ethnic tensions and rivalry between the larger groups, devolving into ethnic violence in the 2007–2008 Kenyan crisis.” (Wiki ). Sailer has documented that Obama was shocked, on one of his trips to Kenya, to discover a lack of pan-Black racial solidarity against Whites, as exists in the West:
“The Luo are intelligent but lazy,” [Obama’s relatives] would say. Or “The Kikuyu are money-grubbing but industrious.” Or “The Kalenjins — well, you can see what’s happened to the country since they took over.”
Hearing my aunts traffic in such stereotypes, I would try to explain to them the error of their ways. [At this point, Obama has spent a little less than two weeks in his life in Africa –Sailer’s comment] “It’s thinking like that that holds us back,” I would say. “We’re all part of one tribe. The black tribe. The human tribe. Look what tribalism has done to places like Nigeria or Liberia.”
And Jane would say, “Ah, those West Africans are all crazy anyway. You know they used to be cannibals, don’t you?”
So, why does Obama win only 66-18 in Kenya: Probably just about everyone in Kenya knows that Barack Hussein Obama Senior was a Nilotic of the Luo tribe. If Obama Jr. has near-unanimous support among Kenya’s Nilotics, that would suggest that only half of Kenya’s Bantus support the half-Nilotic Barack Hussein Obama Jr.
Proposed Ethnic Breakdown:
Kenya’s Nilotics: 100% Support Obama
Kenya’s Bantu-Negroids: 50% Support Obama, 25% Support Romney, 25% Oppose both